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The Hollow: Sign of Seven, Book 2 | [Nora Roberts]

The Hollow: Sign of Seven, Book 2

For Fox, Caleb, Gage and the other residents of Hawkins Hollow, the number seven portends doom - ever since, as boys, they freed a demon trapped for centuries when their blood spilled upon The Pagan Stone.
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Publisher's Summary

For Fox, Caleb, Gage and the other residents of Hawkins Hollow, the number seven portends doom - ever since, as boys, they freed a demon trapped for centuries when their blood spilled upon The Pagan Stone.

Their innocent bonding ritual led to seven days of madness, every seven years. And now, as the dreaded seventh month looms before them, the men can feel the storm brewing. Already they are plagued by visions of death and destruction. But this year, they are better prepared, joined in their battle by three women who have come to The Hollow. Layla, Quinn, and Cybil are somehow connected to the demon, just as the men are connected to the force that trapped it.

Since that day at The Pagan Stone, town lawyer Fox has been able to see into others' minds, a talent he shares with Layla. He must earn her trust, because their link will help fight the darkness that threatens to engulf the town. But Layla is having trouble coming to terms with her newfound ability - and this intimate connection to Fox. She knows that once she opens her mind, she'll have no defenses against the desire that threatens to consume them both.

©2008 Nora Roberts; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

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    a.hall 08-12-08
    a.hall 08-12-08 Member Since 2008
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    "The Hollow"

    I like the story. The author brought depth to his characters. The characters are warm and alive in the story. The story moves along well in some places you hold your breath because not sure what is going to happen. I like this book because of the various emotions that are displayed in this bring you to the edge of your seat, or make sigh with relief, and love the romance that the author brings in with the six main characters. Especially the two characters who have to work together but rub each other the wrong way. It is very good book. One I enjoyed very much.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Trussville, AL, United States 08-27-12
    Rick Trussville, AL, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Frequent Listener"

    Promised myself I'd finish the series after taking heat on book 1. Wasn't thrilled at first on the change in narrator, however after a while I got used to it and moved on. I liked the way the author tied the first book to this one, kept it short but refreshed the story line. Some authors in series tend to drag too much of previous books into the next one in the series, Nora didn't do that as much as others.

    Liked the characters, this book focused on the story and the background on two of the other characters. I guess the last two of the six will be in the last book in the series. Not my normal fare, but again, I found this enjoyable and easy to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle LeichhardtAustralia 03-10-10
    Michelle LeichhardtAustralia 03-10-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Good book, Narrator awful!"

    I have always read how some Narrator's are bad and then listened to that book and not agreed. However, this time listening was like pulling teeth. I couldn't tell which character was which as there was very little tone change per character. It also didn't help that 3 separate Narrator's were chosen to read a trilogy. Next time, please select one Narrator for all 3 books so we can at least keep the character's consistent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Loni ELKTON, MD, United States 08-20-13
    Loni ELKTON, MD, United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Book and story is great, but narrator is not"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hollow the most enjoyable?

    the story is great. I love Nora Roberts books and I also love the supernatural, this book has the best of both worlds.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the mystery of Anne Hawkins, Giles, and Hester's story, along with the suspense of where the group of six falls into their line. The "demon" is also something to wonder about.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She seemed to be reading the story for the first time. Drawing out the first syllable of each sentence as if she were stalling for time to read the emotion supposed to be put into this sentence. It's annoying, and amateur. There are also obvious flubs throughout the reading where she mispronounced or started to say the wrong word, then quickly righted it mid-word. If I were someone listening to an audiobook for the first time, this would have been my last.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    parts made me laugh, parts made me cry but only because I was able to get past the horrible narration and view it from my mind's eye.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll never listen to another audiobook read by Marie Caliendo, even if it is a great book. I'd rather buy the written book and read it aloud to myself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stacy venice, CA, United States 07-24-13
    Stacy venice, CA, United States 07-24-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Unbelievably bad narration!!!!!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Different narrator.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Didn't get there. Couldn't handle the cadence.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Worst narration I have ever experienced and i've listened to a couple of books voiced by volunteers.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration and anger because of the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sure Nora Roberts and her producers make plenty of money so please don't cut corners when it comes to the talent. The performance is HUGE for an audio book! Duuuhhh!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Voorheesville, NY, United States 01-21-13
    Janet Voorheesville, NY, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Sounded like "Scooby Doo""
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Different voice talent or direction to talent.


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

    Sounded like Darci from a bad Scooby Doo episode.


    What didn’t you like about Marie Caliendo’s performance?

    Too fake and "dramatic"


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Josaphine brooklyn, NY, United States 11-04-09
    Josaphine brooklyn, NY, United States 11-04-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Great Story...but"

    The narrator is AWFUL!!!! The narrator of the first book-Phil Gigante- is amazing. So why oh why did they change the narrator after the first book?!?!?!
    Truly unfortunate because it's an entertaining story. It's difficult to listen to when the distinction between characters is at best vague and at worst vague and inconsistent- as if she can't keep them straight. I think the low point in this book was a plot-critical scene in which a character is reading aloud. The narrator made her sound like an illiterate teenager with no recognition of punctuation! It was so bad- I actually struggled to follow what she was saying. Tragic. Beyond that, I became annoyed when the narrators portrayal of a well established character comes off dull witted and marble mouthed or worse...ditzy! It's a real downer when you've invested in a character for an entire first book only to be annoyed by the sound of their voice for the rest of the story. A real let down.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Taunton, MA, USA 05-26-09
    Denise Taunton, MA, USA 05-26-09
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    "Too Long and Drawn Out"

    I agree with a previous poster that this story was very slow and the "sex scenes" were gratuitous and embarrassing. I actually had to fast forward through some of them, they were so silly and immature.

    I picked this Blood Brothers series because I thought it would be an interesting story and a little spooky. The first book was pretty good but this second one is more like a sappy romance novel through 90% of the story with only 10% that actually contributed to the overall storyline of the series. It seems like it was intentionally fluffed up just to fill pages and still have some storyline left for the third book.

    I did like the female narrator. I purchased the first installment Blood Brothers from a retail store and the male narrator was horrendous! So, this was an improvement.

    Now that I'm two books into the trilogy I feel I have no choice but to listen to the third to tie up the story. I REALLY hope it is more meaty than this one and sticks to the storyline instead of adding a bunch of teenage romance novel filler!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ria Reader Washington, DC 06-18-14
    Ria Reader Washington, DC 06-18-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Story's great! Narrator HORRIBLE!"

    Part one of this series is great and Phil Giganti was an awesome narrator for part one. I have no understanding why they would switch the narrator with one that is just so bad. In book one Phil Giganti gave Leila a New York accent in this book you can't tell the difference between the women and who are the men. I am just trying to get through because the story really is good and I'm looking forward to book 3. Unless you get these stories at a lower rate like I did you are better off reading book don't waste your credit. The story is really interesting Nora Roberts really is a great author. I'm a JD Robb fan and these stories don't disappoint. Happy Reading!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cyndi 03-28-13
    Cyndi 03-28-13 Member Since 2010
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    "WHY is she only reading this book?"
    Any additional comments?

    Marie Caliendo should have read the entire series. It is so much more enjoyable when all three books in a trilogy are read by the same person, even if the book is from a different characters perspective or focus. Her voices were so much more believable and easy to listen to. I wish Brilliance would consider having the other two reworked. I am one who listens to my books, especially the Nora Roberts trilogies, over and over, but it will be hard for me to do that with these.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "The Hollow"

    This is the second book in Nora Robert's Sign Of Seven Trilogy. The six main characters introduced in the first book continue to research their own history and that of their enemy, searching for a weak point in the demon's defences. Meanwhile, they are plagued by a series of incidents and time is running out for them. The final climax certainly looks as though it will be interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Asker, Norway
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    "One of her weaker trilogies"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The context of an historical witch-burning is hard to carry forward into the swirling-blood and boiling water in the woods context. . . or is it just that I suddenly found myself in the wrong genre? Despite this, Roberts does characters with such ease, and there are three nice couples involved here, each with their own personality, as developed throughout the series.


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